weeklyOSM 708 – weekly – semanario – hebdo – 週刊 – týdeník – Wochennotiz – 주간 – tygodnik

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Breaking news

  • The OpenStreetMap Engineering Working Group announced that 2024 will be the year of the OpenStreetMap vector map and that Paul Norman has been hired to work on the project. Vector tiles represent a significant advancement from the traditional raster tiles (static images). It will be possible to offer multilingual maps, interactive points of interest, more accessible maps for vision-impaired users, thematic styles, and better integration with other datasets.


  • Valerie Norton shared her experiences of mapping while on holiday in Malta.
  • The question we asked last week as to whether this node was the one with the most tags, prompted Minh Nguyễn to provide an instructive reply. He showed how the SPARQL engine QLever, written by Hannah Bast and others and hosted by the University of Freiburg, can be used to easily determine the top ten most heavily tagged nodes in OSM.

Mapping campaigns

  • OpenStreetMap Bengaluru, India will be hosting a mapping party event on Saturday 24 February.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Arnalie Vicario reviewed the accomplishments of her tenure as a board member of the OpenStreetMap Foundation in 2023 and also outlined her future plans for 2024.


  • Raquel Dezidério Souto has created a workflow for beginner mappers to map POI data in OSM and display the results dynamically using uMap.
  • The UN Maps crowdsourcing team conducted a survey to find out more about the interest in possible training from the UN Mappers Validation Group and about the validation practices of the global OSM community in general. The first results have been presented graphically.


  • The OpenStreetMap Operations team announced that OAuth 1.0a and HTTP basic authentication support for the OpenStreetMap website and API will be retired on Saturday 1 June. Users of these services are required to migrate to OAuth 2.0.


  • [1] MapComplete has released a thematic ski map that features a 3D visualisation of terrain contours. Thibault Molleman’s comment explains how to get the 3D view.
  • Osm2pgsql version 1.11.0 has been released.

Did you know …

Other “geo” things

  • The Federal Office of Topography of Switzerland (Swisstopo) has recently updated its freely available app. Since the update, the app now has a base map. This base map is a continuously scalable map display, optimised for readability and smartphone use, with lots of information and real-time data from various sources (including OSM). The Swisstopo app has maps for Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

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